Vegan slow cooker red beans and rice photo

Michelle’s vegan slow cooker red beans and rice. This is the quick version, without the vegan Andouille sausage.

Day after Christmas–I survived!  If you’re like me, some easy cooking is probably sounding really good right now.

Let’s do a Creole vegan slow cooker red beans and rice recipe! Red beans and rice originates from Louisiana. Unlike some other famous dishes from the region, it’s not meant to be too spicy, so it’s served with plenty of hot sauce for the table.… Read more

Michelle's Vegan Hamburger Soup

Michelle’s Vegan Hamburger Soup

I adapted this vegan hamburger soup from my Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother’s recipe. Pennsylvania Dutch beef soups are often made by simply boiling the vegetables in beef stock made from soup bones. In this recipe, I use a high quality vegetable stock and sweat the vegetables before boiling them to better bring out their flavor.

To add a “beefy” depth to the stock, I add some optional G.Read more

Vegan Gumbo Photo

Michelle’s vegan gumbo

This Cajun vegan gumbo features Andouille sausage and chicken. It’s such a lovely brown color, and so deliciously savory, you won’t believe it’s vegan!

Gumbo originates in Louisiana, and it’s found in both Creole and Cajun cooking. It’s a thickened soup or stew made with roux and the Louisianan “trinity” of onion, celery, and bell pepper.… Read more

Michelle's Vegan Jambalaya Photo

Michelle’s Vegan Jambalaya, Creole Style.

Jambalaya originates in Louisiana and usually has Andouille sausage, chicken, onion, bell pepper, celery, rice, and a spicy kick unique to the region. Many recipes also include shrimp. The difference between Creole jambalaya and Cajun jambalaya is that the Creole version has tomatoes and sometimes tomato sauce as well.

This Creole vegan Jambalaya features homemade vegan Andouille sausage and an excellent chicken substitute.… Read more

Photo of Michelle's Vegan Potato and Leek Soup

Michelle’s Potato and Leek Soup.

There are many hearty Pennsylvania Dutch potato soups, often made with milk, onion, pork, and/or celery.  This creamy vegan potato and leek soup recipe is a little different; it’s definitely a re-interpretation instead of a re-creation. The potato soups I’m used to are made with white onions and are seasoned very simply, with just pepper or maybe some parsley.… Read more